How would you increase political participation in younger people and students?

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I think it's safe to assume that students, and young people in general, have a relatively rubbish deal (compared to other groups in society) and are poorly represented and accounted for in politics.

I think it'd be safe to suggest that if more students, and younger people in general, participated in politics more, then politicians would sit up and listen to our needs and take action if it meant votes for them. There are many policies in place that favour the older generations in society, as they are the ones with one of the highest voting turnouts.


  • Are you political active at all?
  • Have you ever voted?
  • Is there anything that stops you from getting involved?
  • What would you do to encourage others, and most importantly students and young people, to become more political active?
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How to get them involved?

First off get them economically involved! Youth unemployment is nuts!

I dont really like the idea of the youth politically active. Had a lot of "kids" knocking my door telling me to vote tory when they haven't worked a day in their lives, paid a bill, set up a business and have an idealistic view of the world.

No thanks, No EMA for you!!
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I think openness and trustworthiness in politics would be a start.

In the last general election lots and lots of young people (particularly students) voted Lib Dem because of their pledge not to raise tuition fees. We all know how that went. A lot of young people feel disillusioned with the current political system because their voices aren't being heard and policies aren't aimed at them.
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(Original post by HBPrincess)
I think it's safe to assume that students, and young people in general, have a relatively rubbish deal (compared to other groups in society) and are poorly represented and accounted for in politics.

I think it'd be safe to suggest that if more students, and younger people in general, participated in politics more, then politicians would sit up and listen to our needs and take action if it meant votes for them. There are many policies in place that favour the older generations in society, as they are the ones with one of the highest voting turnouts.


  • Are you political active at all?
  • Have you ever voted?
  • Is there anything that stops you from getting involved?
  • What would you do to encourage others, and most importantly students and young people, to become more political active?

we do!
we had a look at political participation in class and it was obvious as it is that young people are pretty much ignored by the political parties!
as for the point that if young people participated then the parties would bother with them in their manifestos! however i think that it would be wrong to say that young people dont care about politics. I mean a great example is the Tuition Fees protest in 2011.
the students are obviously aware of what the government is doing and the government would be stupid not to be aware of the student protest yet they were not listened to which will obviously discourage some people from caring about any form of politics!
i have yet to vote and in the next general election i will be voting! where I live it is a safe seat so how much of a difference it will make I am not sure but I still would vote!
i am not so sure what the best way to encourage others would be as when I talk to those in my politics class, we all obviously have an interest however, some of my other friend just dont care about it all!
the reasons range from apathy to disgust at the politicians but i do agree that if political parties paid more attention to the needs of the young people and targeted us specifically then they would likely get a better response!

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(Original post by HBPrincess)
I think it's safe to assume that students, and young people in general, have a relatively rubbish deal (compared to other groups in society) and are poorly represented and accounted for in politics.

I think it'd be safe to suggest that if more students, and younger people in general, participated in politics more, then politicians would sit up and listen to our needs and take action if it meant votes for them. There are many policies in place that favour the older generations in society, as they are the ones with one of the highest voting turnouts.


  • Are you political active at all?
  • Have you ever voted?
  • Is there anything that stops you from getting involved?
  • What would you do to encourage others, and most importantly students and young people, to become more political active?
I've always politically active to an extent. My first political activity was when I was about 7 or 8, me and my dad went to an anti-Iraq war demonstration in London. I've always been socially conscious and affected by injustices. I've never voted because I'm too young (I turned 15 a month after the 2010 election) but I intend to vote every election I can for the rest of my life. I think the main problem for young people is that they see every politician as the same (which I think is incorrect but I can definitely understand) and so they can't see a way of changing anything. I think it's a real shame because, as you've pretty much said, the right way to make things better is to get more involved not less but I suppose a lot of people have given up. Also, people forget about ways to change the world other than putting a cross on some paper every 5 years. I suppose you have to remind people of all the civil rights struggles - the vote for men that aren't upper class, Rights for women, Rights for the LGBT community, rights for Blacks in America and South Africa etc to show people that they can make a difference and that people at the top don't give rights away for free; you have to fight for them.
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I once read an article that said something along the lines of because the younger generation don't vote that's why the government don't listen to them.

Well, I think that that is the wrong way to be looking at the situation. The government has a duty to listen and accommodate all voices because that is their job. So what if the younger people don't vote, do they think ignoring them further is going to help?

The government need to show everyone that they will listen and act upon the issues raised by everyone including the young. It is there job to appeal to us, not our job to appeal to them. Show us that they will listen and maybe we will support them but don't expect us to support them simply because they are the government.
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(Original post by HBPrincess)
I think it's safe to assume that students, and young people in general, have a relatively rubbish deal (compared to other groups in society) and are poorly represented and accounted for in politics.

I think it'd be safe to suggest that if more students, and younger people in general, participated in politics more, then politicians would sit up and listen to our needs and take action if it meant votes for them. There are many policies in place that favour the older generations in society, as they are the ones with one of the highest voting turnouts.


  • Are you political active at all?
  • Have you ever voted?
  • Is there anything that stops you from getting involved?
  • What would you do to encourage others, and most importantly students and young people, to become more political active?
I'd start by extending the franchise to 16 and 17 year olds!
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I'd start by extending the franchise to 16 and 17 year olds!
ahhh... but you see we have a tendency to be idealistic and less accepting of the statsu quo and are more lickley to expect major change. That just will not do.
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ahhh... but you see we have a tendency to be idealistic and less accepting of the statsu quo and are more lickley to expect major change. That just will not do.
I agree!
how exactly will it effect anything! it would help more to educate us more on these matters and the rest of the general public to help them make more informed decisions!
it will also probably play havoc with voter turnout with it already being so low!
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  • Offer policy that will benefit them.
  • Alter the voting system from proportional representation
  • Have political parties (who will realistically gain power) that do not all advocate neo-liberalism.

That should hopefully dissuade the idea of 'they are all the same and one vote does not matter'


  • Teach about the struggle for full suffrage, the value of our vote.
  • Encourage them to think of new ideas and approaches to issues
  • All in all, make them feel valued.
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simply change the voting system to something proportionate
you can't hide the fact that our voting system makes votes potentially completely worthless
how can you blame people for not voting when this system gives you two pathetic choices?
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Have the people that we vote for actually stick to what they say. No point saying you'll do x if you go to do y.
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By making them aware of macro-economics. It should be made mandatory as a subject, as its incredibly beneficial.
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Pay them to vote.
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Stop the lying and hypocrisy of politicians who don't think for themselves and seem universally stupid, and reform the system so that there is a bit more of an alternative than two sides of the same boring party coin that is our current Tory-Labour two party system.

Might help a little at least.
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I'm in high school at the moment, and the vast majority of people say that they find politics boring, that they couldn't care less or they don't understand it. Most of these people are the people who aren't going to bother voting when they grow up. I think we need to be educated in high school on how the country's run - how elections work and about the Houses of Parliament. So many people I know don't even know what a constituency is! Additionally, 16 and 17 year olds should be allowed to vote - if we're expected to contribute to our country by paying tax, then why can't we have a say in how our country is run?
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Educate young people on the benefits of voting, and how their vote does make a difference. Many young people don't vote as they think nothing changes, which compounds the problem, as the politicians son't care about non-voters.
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